Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers, 1833-1904, bulk, 1870-1890

Koehler, S. R. (Sylvester Rosa), b. 1837 d. 1900
Curator, Art historian, Editor
Active in Boston, Mass.

Collection size: 5.3 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The collection consists primarily of Koehler's extensive correspondence to and from many notable artists and printmakers such as Jean F. Harfin, John M. Falconer, Frederick Juengling, and James D. Smillie, as well as friends, and family members and professional correspondence concerning Koehler's activities as a writer, curator, and editor of the American Art Review. The collection also contains financial records and other miscellaneous items.

Biographical/Historical Note: Sylvester Rosa Koehler (1837-1900) was a curator, editor, and art historian. Koehler was Curator of Prints at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, honorary curator of prints of the Smithsonian, and editor of the American Art Review.

Material on reels D182-D191 and 3533-3534 bought in 1959 from the Argosy Book Store. Approximately 400 letters of the 1959 purchase were also later microfilmed on reels 3533-3534. Material on reel D30 donated by Charles E. Feinberg, an active donor and friend of AAA. In 2005, the entire collection was processed according to archival standards and the current arrangement does not match the arrangement on microfilm.

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Related Materials

Sylvester Rosa Koehler papers also at Syracuse University.
Additional correspondence can be found at the Library of Congress, which houses the Papers of S. R. Koehler, 1868-1904, and includes approximately 3,500 letters.